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Fast for Freedom in Mental Health Information

Here is basic information about the historic 2003 hunger strike sponsored by MindFreedom International to demand evidence from the American Psychiatric Association and other mental health organizations of any "biological basis" of any major psychiatric disorder.

 

Krista EricksonThis is your portal to information about the 2003 Fast for Freedom in Mental Health. 

Announcement and news release about event. 

Some of the media coverage (LA Times, Washington Post). 

Dialogue between American Psychiatric Association and Scientific Advisory Board for MindFreedom International. 

Robert Whitaker's book Anatomy of an Epidemic recommends the Fast for Freedom as a model about challenging the way the medical model unscientifically dominates the psychiatric industry. 

Hunger strike participant David Oaks includes the hunger strike in his chapter in a book on psychiatric coercion published by World Psychiatric Association leaders, and you can download the chapter free here. 

 

(Photo: Krista Erickson, hunger striker, being interviewed by media.)

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Dorothy Dundas

While institutionalized for three years as an adolescent in the 1960's, MindFreedom member Dorothy Washburn Dundas was labeled a "schizophrenic" and forced to undergo 40 combined insulin coma-electroshock "treatments." Dorothy says, "I experienced and witnessed many atrocities. I believe that luck, determination, and my own anger and one compassionate advocate were my best friends on the road to my ultimate survival and freedom." Through a number of op-ed pieces, she has voiced her opposition to abusive psychiatric practices. Her poster, "Behind Locked Doors," which she created from her hospital records, is used in training programs. Dorothy lives in the Boston area where she has raised her four wonderful children. She founded and is the sole driver in her "safe, friendly and reliable" car service called The Crystal Lake Express.
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